On Friday a new Assamese feature film “Ekhon Nedekha Nodir Sipare” has been released in different cinema halls across the state. The film has titled “As River Flows” in English. The Hindi version, which will also be released soon, will have the same title.
“Ekhon Nedekha Nodir Sipare” is produced by the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) and directed by Mumbai based Assamese director Bidyut Kotoky.
The film is shot in the background of Assam’s biggest river island Majuli, which was devastated by insurgency, and the notorious kidnapping case of social activist Sanjoy Ghosh, who was first abducted in 1997 by an extremist group from the river island and subsequently killed.
The cast of the film includes acclaimed actors like Victor Banerjee, Sanjay Suri, Bidita Bag, Raj Zutshi, Nakul Baid and Naveed Aslam. Preeti Jhangiani and Zubin Garg directed the music for the film, and National Award winning cinematographer Madhu Ambat is associated with the film.
It is worthy to be mentioned that “Ekhon Nedekha Nodir Sipare” hit the news headlines after the jury of the National Film Awards rejected the film for an award claiming that it was not an Assamese film though the censor board certificate clearly listed it as an Assamese film.
The film received very good response from global viewers at the Osian’s Cinefan Film Festival held in New Delhi and the cultural affairs department of the Maharashtra government organized a special screening of the film to mark Bhupen Hazarika’s birth anniversary on Sep 8 in Mumbai.
With the release of the feature film millions of fans across the globe will be able to hear the voice of the legendary singer and balladeer Dr Bhupen Hazarika. The film has a poem recited by the most popular Hazarika, who passed away Nov 5, last year in Mumbai.
Director Bidyut Kotoky said, “The poem represents the voice of the river Brahmaputra through the voice of the music maestro. Late Hazarika is known for his passion for the mighty river and is called the ‘Bard of Brahmaputra’. So, when I needed someone to represent the voice of the river in my film, I immediately decided to approach Dr. Hazarika.”
“He was ailing and not well when I approached him for recording the recitation for the film. However, he agreed to lend his voice and we finally recorded the recitation in February 2010,” he said, expressing his gratitude for the music maestro.